Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2006
Date Ended:31 December 2007
Policy Type:Voluntary Approaches>Negotiated Agreements (Public-private sector), Voluntary Approaches>Unilateral Commitments (Private sector), Voluntary Approaches
Policy Target:
Agency:Ministry of Environment

At the end of 2005, the majority of the Finnish governments voluntary energy conservation agreements were due to expire. Based on evaluation of the agreement scheme and feedback received from the field, parties to each of the agreements elected to extend them all by two years. Four of the agreements were signed in the autumn of 1997 between the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Confederation of Finnish Industry and Employers TT (since 1.1.2005 Confederation of Finnish Industries, EK), the Finnish Energy Industries Federation Finergy, the Finnish District Heating Association and the Finnish Electricity Association Sener (since 1.1.2005 Finnish Energy Industries). The new municipal sector energy and climate agreement signed in the autumn of 2002 follows on from the municipal energy conservation agreement. An agreement with the Finnish Association of Building Owners RAKLI was signed in 1999, and extended in the autumn of 2002 to cover also public sector real estate. The extended agreement replaced the co-operation programme for public property units signed in 1997 and expired at the end of 2002. The ministry responsible for these agreements has also been the Ministry of Trade and Industry. In March 2001, the Finnish Bus and Coach Association also signed an energy conservation agreement. At the start of 2005 the agreement terminated, when it was integrated with the more extensive public transport agreement, with the Finnish Public Transport Association also becoming a signatory. With this, the agreement encompassed also local services of the national railways, tram services and the metro, in addition to bus transport. The ministry responsible for the public transport agreement is the Ministry of Transport and Communications. In November 2002, the agreement to cover municipal and non-profit housing properties of the Federation of Housing Property Owners and Developers ASRA was signed. This sector is under the governance of the Ministry of the Environment. Unlike the other agreements, ASRAs agreement on housing properties extends to the end of 2012, and the latest agreement concerning public transport until the end of 2010. The Höylä II co-operation programme on furthering energy conservation in oil-heated properties also continues to the end of 2007, as originally planned. Companies and communities subscribing to the agreements undertake to carry out energy audits or analyses in their own properties and production plants, to draw up an energy efficiency plan, and to implement cost-effective conservation measures. The Ministry of Employment and the Economy, for its part, undertakes to subsidise energy audits and analyses, as well as energy efficiency investments fulfilling certain criteria. From 1997 to 2006, the agreement scheme covered approximately 60% of Finlands energy consumption, and energy saving results reported by companies and municipalities also proved fairly successful. The effect of the saving measures, implemented by the end of 2006 in the companies and communities adhering to the agreement, totalled approximately 7.7 terawatt hours (electricity 1.7 TWh/a, heating and fuels 6.0 TWh/a) which corresponds to the annual electricity and heating energy consumption of more than 380,000 single-family houses. The estimated saving in energy costs was about 150 million euros a year. Corresponding investments totalling over 297 million euros have been made in industry, and about 70 million euros in the power plant sector.

Related policies:Voluntary Agreements for Buildings , Voluntary Agreements in the Transport Sector
This record is superseded by:Voluntary Energy Efficiency Agreements for 2017 - 2025
This record supersedes:Voluntary Agreements for Industrial, Commercial and Public Organisations

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